Adrián Zarrilli

Membership:  2017

Member Bio

Adrián Zarrilli is a researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Investigations and a professor at the National University of Quilmes, Argentina. He is also director of the Rural Studies Center of Argentina (UNQ), and was president of the Latin American and Caribbean Society of Environmental History (SOLCHA) from 2014 to 2016. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro.
His research centers on Latin American environmental history. In particular, he explores the relationship between society and nature, focusing on issues related to rural development and sustainability, deforestation and expansion, as well as environmental conflicts in the Gran Chaco region of Argentina. His recent studies explore the expansion of the agricultural frontier, driven mainly by the growth of soybean cultivation, which has produced some of the largest economic, social, demographic, and environmental changes in the country’s history.


  • Ed. Por una historia ambiental latinoamericana: aportes para el estudio de la sociedad y la naturaleza en la era del Antropoceno. Buenos Aires: Teseo, 2016.
  • “O proceso de agriculturização nas regioes extrapampeanas argentinas: insustentabilidade e limites de um modelo de transformação (1980–2010).” In Vozes da terra: propietários rurais, camponeses e burocratas na América Latina, edited by Graciela Bonassa Garcia and Vanderlei Vazelesk Ribeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Multifoco, 2014.
  • “The La Plata Basin: Rivers, Plains, and Societies in the Southern Cone.” In “New Environmental Histories of Latin America and the Caribbean,” edited by Claudia Leal, José Augusto Pádua, and John Soluri, RCC Perspectives 2013, no. 7, 41–47.
  • “¿Una agriculturización insostenible? La provincia del Chaco, Argentina (1980–2006).” Historia Agraria: Revista de agricultura e historia rural, no. 51 (2010): 143–76.
  • “Capitalism, Ecology, and Agrarian Expansion in the Pampean Region (1890–1950).” Environmental History 6, no. 4 (October 2001): 561–83.